WINTHROP — The Bailey Public Library in downtown Winthrop will host award-winning biographer Eve LaPlante at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, as part of the library’s ongoing Winthrop Lakes Region Forum. LaPlante’s talk will focus on her newest book “Marmee and Louisa,” which the Washington Post described as “engrossing,” and NPR characterized as “eye opening” and “marvelous.”

In “Marmee & Louisa,” LaPlante recreates the Alcott story from diaries, letters and personal papers, some recently discovered in a family attic, and many others that were long thought to have been destroyed. Louisa May Alcott was one of the most successful and bestselling authors of her day. Her classic “Little Women” has been a mainstay in American literature since its release nearly 150 years ago.

LaPlante will also be speaking about another one of her books, “My Heart is Boundless: Writings of Abigail May Alcott.”

A New England resident with degrees from Princeton and Harvard, LaPlante has published articles, essays and five nonfiction books. She is a cousin of Louisa May Alcott and a great-niece of Abigail May Alcott. LaPlante’s second biography, “Salem Witch Judge,” about the 1692 judge who became a feminist and an abolitionist, won the 2008 Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction. She divides her time between Massachusetts and Maine with her husband and four children.

The event is free and open to the public.

FMI: 207-377-8673, baileylibrary.org.


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